By Mandy Potani
Embattled Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Blantyre Water Board (BWB) Daniel Chaweza has been sent on annual leave where he will proceed to exit the water utility body. In a letter to members of staff, Board Chairperson George Nnensa has said engineer Chaweza’s three-year contract expires on October 31 2020.
“He is leaving the board with immediate effect as he is proceeding on annual leave,” reads the letter in part.
Nnensa confirmed the development in a follow-up interview yesterday.
“Indeed, I have informed our members of staff about the status of engineer Chaweza’s contract with the board and Director of Technical Services Mavuto Chiipanthenga will be acting in CEO capacity,” he said.
But Chaweza said he has not received any letter from the board. Meanwhile, Chaweza has written Ombudsman Martha Chizuma asking for identities of those that lodged complaints against him to her office. He has also in a letter told Chizuma that he may not furnish her office with all the information that she asked for.
In his response to the letter which the Ombudsman wrote him, Chaweza asked Chizuma to disclose the name (s) of the person (s), arguing some members of staff mentioned had their issues resolved in court.
“We also noted that the person (s) whose complaint motivated the present investigation have/has not been disclosed in your letter attached. Considering that the other matters raised in your letter were also subject of litigation in the Industrial Relations Court and were resolved and therefore the mentioned staff members could not have lodged complaints with your office as there are none. We would be grateful if you mentioned so that we know the actual complainants,” reads Chaweza’s letter dated October 27 in part.
Chaweza also indicated in his letter that it would be difficult for him to furnish the Ombudsman with some of the information she asked for because relating matters are in court. We have it on authority that Chaweza appeared before an all-lady-members panel at the Ombudsman’s office Thursday. When contacted, the embattled CEO cut the line when we introduced the topic to him yesterday. Asked on how they are proceeding on Chaweza’s demands, spokesperson in the Office of the Ombudsman Arthur Semba said investigations are continuing.
“We are still in the course of the investigation, what we are currently doing is to gather all the necessary information which will be analysed before the public is furnished with the findings after conclusion,” said
Semba who neither confirmed nor denied information from our anonymous source.
Since the change of government in June this year, Anti-Corruption Bureau and Ombudsman among other agents have been taking to task bosses of government parastatals such as Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority and Tobacco Commission apart from BWB for alleged offences committed during Democratic Progressive Party administration.